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  • adv. In a manner such that the face, front, or surface which is normally directed forward for viewing is positioned downward.


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face + down


  • Members of the three-person election committee keep return envelopes that bear a member's name facedown during the counting process, Wainwright said.

    Madison Record -

  • When Lyons regained consciousness, he was lying facedown on the ground, choking, gasping for air, and spitting up blood and dirt.

    The Conservative Assault on the Constitution

  • He looked as if he could fall asleep facedown in his patty melt.

    How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf

  • I tried to and tripped, falling facedown in the water.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • I tripped and fell facedown, splashing into the muddy ebb of the creek.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • Luckily, our hotel was only two blocks away, and he dumped me in my room, dropping me on the bed, leaving me sprawled out, facedown.

    Fallin’ Up

  • Gideon curbed his rising anger when he noticed a flickering light coming from a flat-screen television lying facedown on the floor, having been blown off its mount by the bomb blast.

    Gideon’s war

  • Gideon and Simpson were now hanging facedown about ten feet above the wreckage.

    Gideon’s war

  • It was too dark to see anything, and she was facedown on cold cement, no stones or grass, and it smelled like mold.

    So Much Pretty

  • Normally she was a nice person, but if someone stood between her and glory, they wound up facedown with her sneaker marks on their back.

    Odd Girl In


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  • Oxford lists "face down", American Heritage shows "face-down", but this appears to be the most common spelling nowadays. (I read a lot of murder mysteries.)

    P.S. Methinks "archaic" words are still used -- "obsolete" words are the ones not used.

    May 16, 2009